Squire Patton’s Steve Auvil has been elected President of the newly created Kathleen M. O’Malley Inn of Court. The inn was chartered in northeast Ohio to promote courtesy, ethics, professionalism, and mentoring within the local IP bar. It is named for the honorable Kathleen M. O’Malley who began her legal career as a judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and now serves as a judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The Honorable James S. Gwin of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, along with distinguished attorneys Malisheia Douglas (Treasurer) and Deborah Wilcox (Secretary), will serve as an advisor to the inn. In the coming months, the inn’s founding members will complete the roster and committee tasks and assign student groups. The first Inn meeting takes place in September.
The American Inns of Court is an association of attorneys, judges, and other lawyers of all levels and backgrounds who share a passion for professional excellence. The aim is to build and strengthen professional relationships, address fundamental concerns about the professionalism and pressing legal issues of the day, share experiences and advice, and promote the highest levels of integrity, ethics and courtesy.
The concept of the American Inns of Court was the result of a discussion in the late 1970s among United States members of the Anglo-American lawyer and judge exchanges, including Warren E. Burger, United States Chief Justice, and Justice J. Clifford Wallace’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The first American Inn of Court was established on February 2, 1980. Today there are nearly 400 chartered American Inns of Court in 48 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Tokyo.
The Kathleen M. O’Malley Inn of Court is part of the Linn Inn Alliance. This alliance was formed in 2008 by the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Richard Linn, to bring together the then six existing laws protecting the intellectual property of American Inns of Court. Today it serves as a tool for the exchange of convention and program information between all members of the now 28 US intellectual property law American Inns of Court across the country and in Japan.
Steve Auvil leads the litigation practice of the Squire Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group in the United States.